AndrewInArabia

By andrewmowat

Masmak Fort

Got up early and had a session in the big gym. After breakfast, I decided to visit Masmak Fort. I eventually found a parking spot on the other side of Alsafat Square, and walked through the souq to get to the fort.

The building is a clay and mud-brick fort, with four watchtowers and thick walls, founded on stone blocks, lying in the center of Riyadh, in the old quarters. This building played a major part in the kingdom's history, as it was here that the recapture of Riyadh, led by Ibn Saud, occurred on 14 January 1902, and eventually led to the modern state of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The building today is a fascinating museum showing the history of the region.

I then went straight back to the car through the square. It used to be known as Deera Square, and colloquially called Chop Chop Square.

After lunch at Costa, I then went back home to watch some movies as the rain showers continued through the day.

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